Brean and Berrow beaches 'unaffected' by sewage incident
in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow have been given the 'all-clear'
this week after a 'pollution incident' involving sewage at the weekend
leading to bathers being urged not to enter the sea at Weston or
Environment Agency gave a public warning on safety following an
incident in the River Axe over the weekend.
people have been told advised not to enter the sea at Weston-super-Mare
beach and Uphill Slipway, the beaches at Burnham, Berrow and Brean
are unaffected, The Environment Agency confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Drury, spokesman for Wessex Water, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
have been carrying out emergency repairs during the weekend to a
sewerage pipe that was leaking under the River Axe."
immediately stopped the flow to prevent sewage entering the river
and met with the Environment Agency on site."
"As a precautionary measure, and to check any effect on the
environment, our scientific team took samples from the river and
beach which are being analysed. The results will be given to the
"Tankers were used to maintain sewerage services during the
weekend. Temporary pipework is now in place over the River Axe and
work is under way to permanently fix the damaged pipe."
"We apologise to any local people who may have noticed extra
traffic movement in the area during the weekend while we were carrying
out the emergency repairs."
Dunning, a spokesman for the Environment Agency, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Burnham's sea water has not been affected by the River Axe
we did advise people not to swim in the sea at Burnham on Monday
following the heavy rain over the weekend, but I would stress that
is normal guidance after heavy rainfall and not connected with the
beach - where the public has been told not to enter the sea this